Top 10 tips to keep cool this summer

Published: 7/17/2019  1:36 PM
​As temperatures rise and we transition from the cooler months into summer, you can take some easy steps to keep an attractive landscape and a comfortable home while using energy and water wisely. These 10 tips will help you reduce overall electric ...

AMI vendor contract signed

Published: 7/16/2019  1:02 PM
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Hundreds attend Efficiency Expo

Published: 7/9/2019  11:01 AM
​The fifth annual Efficiency Expo welcomed approximately 400 people to the Conservation and Environmental Center on Saturday, June 22. Visitors had a chance to meet with staff and participate at 25 stations to discover efficiency tips that can help ...

Five tips to reduce yardwork

Published: 7/3/2019  2:15 PM
​Are you dreaming about getting out of town for summer vacation, but don’t want to neglect your yard? You’re not alone. After putting major effort into spring landscaping, most people like to turn to other activities for the summer. Unless you have ...

New Energy Vision adopted

Published: 6/18/2019  12:37 PM
​Energy Vision:Provide resilient, reliable and cost-effective energy that is environmentally sustainable, reduces our carbon footprint and uses proven state-of-the-art technologies to enhance our quality of life for generations to come. This is our ...

Turning commodes into roads

Published: 6/17/2019  2:43 PM
Saving water and reusing materials for the benefit of all customers Colorado Springs Utilities employees are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to save our customers money. One of the most creative ideas I'd ever heard of came about in ...

Cool tips to beat the heat and save energy

Published: 6/10/2019  9:21 AM
This summer, we want to help you stay cool and save energy. Here are a few low-cost/no cost ideas that everyone can do today to be comfortable all summer long. Tips for keeping cool and saving energy 1. Drafts aren’t just a cold-weather concern. T ...

How to get your best summer landscape

Published: 6/6/2019  1:58 PM
It’s no secret that the weather in the Pikes Peak region is unpredictable. If you haven’t yet put away your winter sweaters, you’re aware this spring has been cooler and wetter than normal. It can be tempting to forget about your landscape now that ...

Credit rating increase benefits all customers

Published: 5/30/2019  3:52 PM
Colorado Springs Utilities customers have something new to cheer about: this week S&P Global Ratings (Standard & Poor’s) issued a credit upgrade for Springs Utilities from AA to AA+. Why should our customers care? Because our “credit score ...

Helping our youth become water-wise citizens

Published: 5/21/2019  3:20 PM
Fourth graders in Colorado Springs School District 11 will have a new appreciation for our water, and how it gets from “snowflake to tap” after spending time immersed in water education at the Pikes Peak Children’s Water Festival on Friday, May 17. ...

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Sledding with bear cubs   

  by  Ellen T.  on  1/22/2019

​Soft, sleepy groans come from a sedated bear cub. He's on a sled in the snow, being pulled along like a child in a snowsuit, except his snowsuit is all fur and blubber.

He is an orphaned black bear cub, one of eight that were rehabilitated over the last year after losing their mothers. The mother bears' stories are sad, but luckily their cubs get another chance at living in the wild.

Through a partnership with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), we found remote locations on our watershed to build new dens for these cubs. They were transported from Wet Mountain Wildlife Rehabilitation to these undisclosed locations on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

After carefully unloading the cubs from a trailer onto sleds, CPW officers and volunteers pulled the cubs into the snowy forest to their new, man-made dens. Officers carefully un-tied their paws and took covers off their eyes, transferred them to smaller sleds, and pushed them into the den. The officers crawled in after them, making sure to position them comfortably to ensure breathing and maximum snuggling.

The hope is that when the bears awaken in a warm, dark, den they will continue to hibernate until spring. We hate to say it because they are so cute, but we hope to never see these bears again. We hope they wake up in the spring, ready to spend the rest of their lives in the wilderness, away from the troubles that come with humans and urban life.

We are privileged to live in this beautiful place, and we each must do our part to protect it. As your community-owned utility, we strive to protect the environment and wildlife that make Colorado Springs an amazing place to live. Long term partnerships with organizations like CPW, the parks service and others help all of us work together to preserve Colorado's beauty.

We're happy to have these cubs on our property. We wish them the very best.










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This is a great story! Glad to see that we are assisting with protecting the wildlife! Good job!

Thursday, January 24, 2019  12:19 PM  Jonathan